I want to move forward in my profession

I’ll get ready and then the chance will come.

– Abraham Lincoln

The labour market and the ways companies operate have changed: companies are no longer mothers or stepmothers. Companies are no longer responsible for our professional careers or professional development. Programmes for talented individuals are becoming less popular and it’s not just about talented individuals anyway …. Funds for ongoing training are being used elsewhere and the effectiveness of training schemes is subject to increased scrutiny …

So?

So individuals are directly responsible for their career, development and appeal in the market.

This means that you periodically need to take stock of the situation to see where you stand, examine the market and look beyond your day-to-day life. In reality this is something you should do all the time but it’s not always easy to find that motivation, so it should at least be done periodically. Every year, every five years …, if something unusual happens abroad, within the company or in the world …

It’s certainly not enough to have a cv and respond to ads to get to know the market! It’s not enough for a friend to think that you deserve better or that you should be paid more.

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A career check-up, a verification of your salary level, an analysis of potential professional objectives and an outline of the respective action plans is what is required. Therefore:

The first step is to make an inventory of what we have to offer in concrete terms and with regard to skills (the technical name for this is the “skills assessment”), thinking not only of work but also about your life and as such what you’re able to do in your leisure time, sport and in terms of voluntary work and studies.   

The second step is to think of professional objectives: within the same company, in the same position, in different positions, in different companies, in different markets, as a consultant, entrepreneur, franchisor…

The third is to assess on the basis of a series of parameters which depends on each of us individually: the timeframes, the technical feasibility (I have the know-how, how long do I need to acquire it), the feasibility in terms of the environment (I’m in Italy, I can do this here), the feasibility in terms of my family (my wife, my husband supports me), the financial feasibility (can I give myself a period where I support myself financially?)

A fourth step is the choice and preparation of a detailed action plan.

What is needed to be successful in all these activities?

A director, a trainer, a coach, a senior… Aside from words and titles: a person that knows how it’s done and can advise you and accompany you along the way, without simply doing it for you.

This is not just chitchat: we use templates, examples, tests, interviews and provide a varied and extensive experience.

Pietro, reassurance on choices that have been made

Behind an entrepreneurial venture there’s often a previous failure or a bankruptcy! But it doesn’t have to be yours!

Various people start to think about doing something when the company they worked for went bankrupt or started to shows signs of having encountered some problems. They are left without a job and need to look for another one or they might even start to think that their next potential company could encounter the same issues within a couple of years, leaving them to face the same problem again. It might be a good idea to start thinking about how to solve the problem immediately and ask for some help!

This is what happened to Pietro.     

Pietro is a forty-year-old engineer from Milan, who got his degree and MBA at Bocconi University and started working in telecommunications before moving to the digital sector. Even in this sector companies go bankrupt and Pietro, who had an entrepreneurial involvement within a company, simply continued being an entrepreneur, but on his own this time. It was not an easy route, as a result of the impact of the bankruptcy of his former company and because of the burden on his family. Not to mention his own state of mind.

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At a certain stage Pietro felt the need to confirm the decision he made and turned to a career coach to explore the opportunities in the market. An entrepreneurial choice is a bit like a religious belief - you have to embrace it fully.

We took stock of his skills, personality traits and the potential realistic employment objectives that were available at that time in Italy.

What happened at the end (after a few months)? On the one hand the company continued despite daily struggles (it was a start-up and there were only two members of staff!) and on the other Pietro got a job working in the Post Office!

What did Pietro choose to do in the end? He followed his heart, his true nature and the best possible route because today Pietro considers himself an entrepreneur and would no longer turn back. Moreover, the company’s accounts now allow Pietro and his business partner to be paid a salary and they have just moved into a new office!

The proof of the stature of people like Pietro is that they look for a way out and they’re willing to put the work in for years, not just for a short period of time!


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